The year 2019 has marked as a year of defeat for Pakistan Cricket amid their horrendous performance in all three formats of the game. It seemed like all of them had flopped with adjustments needed.
Team Pakistan said goodbye to the year 2018 with a defeat against South Africa in the first test of the three-matches test series that kicked off on 26th December 2018. Stepping into 2019 with a whitewash against South Africa in the test series, the streak of disappointment continued as a similar opponent declared a victory against them by 3-2 in the ODI series of five matches.
The bad luck went ahead and the fall of Sarfaraz’s captaincy in latter times was obvious as he was the one to face all the criticism even of the drub performance of players as well. Sarfaraz, who contributed to make Pakistan the number one T20 team, could not captain well with poor deliverance of players against South Africa’s T20 series and could win only one out of three.
Pakistan vs Australia five-matches ODI in UAE distinct another loathsome dreadful blow to Pakistan as Australia testified aces win over them. In addition, with a repulsive trashing in one-off T20 against England, five-matches ODI whitewash with one match giving no result give them another blow.
ICC World Cup 2019 begun with a similar devastating performance in all the departments where they hardly managed to win any against several teams. The momentum was maintained in few last matches but the run rate was priorly destroyed due to their warm-up match against West Indies where they failed miserably with mediocre deliverance.
However, the cricket in Pakistan was to turn its foot back to the national venues. Foreigners started praising the security granted. At first, Sri Lanka sent their junior teams, however, they denied several times for longer format game, however, ended up sending a junior team for three ODIs and T20Is. A stroke of good luck struck as Pakistan managed to win two ODIs out of three with one match being called off, however, another horrendous defeat in the T20 series chased them from dusk to dawn.
Sarfaraz Ahmad ahead of November-December tour of Australia was sacked off from captaincy of all formats and named Babar for T20Is, Azhar for Tests, and ODI decision un-hold. With the new management, new decisions, the team again got more slushed than before.
Another T20 series of three-matches against Australia again gifted them a whitewash with a delay in one match followed by the trash in two-matches test series as well. Tour matches, however, against every opponent they played in 2019, were not that much worst.
After being satisfied with security measures, Sri Lanka sent their team for two-matches test series out of which, one was drawn, and Pakistan successfully defeated Sri Lanka in the second Test match.
However, the major performance by Team Pakistan is still to be seen under Babar as captain of the shorter format with Misbah occupying multi posts of the management after Sarfaraz’s removal. After a long winning streak, defeat in some of the matches altered the decisions of management against Sarfaraz that could be a little earlier for taking. 2020 has marked an outbreak of COVID-19 resulting in lockdown and affecting sports bodies. When it ends, the real face of Pakistan Cricket under new management and captains can be seen properly as obviously things take time to settle and the team had played only a few matches under new selection criteria, management, captain, and coach.